“Meeting at the museum” with Sorin Alexandrescu

His guest Călin Stegerean, general director of MNAR, is this time Sorin Alexandrescu, Romanian literary critic, historian and theorist. He was a professor at the Romanian language department of the University of Amsterdam, and since 2002 he has been working at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies (CESI) at the University of Bucharest, whose founding members are among them. He is the author of several studies, articles and books, some awarded by the Romanian Writers’ Union and has received several distinctions for his cultural and civic activity.

Starting from the book that Sorin Alexandrescu published in 2021, The uncertain world of everyday life, Călin Stegerean proposes to his guest a debate about uncertainty, indefinite, provisional or about new coordinates in the articulation of the discourse about the work of art.

“I think when we look closely at an object of art, it also looks at us. Contact with him is always different, as is contact with other people. A painting speaks in several voices, the silent voices of its characters, and they intersect as in a Annunciation by Carlo Crivelli (1486), described by me in Fireplace, 2020, No. 10-11. If it is non-figurative, the object of art speaks silently like the constructions of Richard Serra, otherwise an admirer of Brâncuși, and if it is a fish of his, he floats through our air, as a photograph of Ion Grigorescu, Family meal, reminds me of my family, in the years of bread on the cards. The meaning of the work comes from the perspective in which we see it, but the perspectives are innumerable. There is no truth of the work of art but only truths just as, according to Didi-Huberman, the possible figurability of a work moves in the depths of its immediate figuration. Hence, the interest of the way a curator presents the works he works with: not necessarily successively historical, but perhaps in mutual relations even anhistorical, but dramatically significant. ”, States Sorin Alexandrescu.

The event is part of the series of activities for the public carried out on the days when the exhibition spaces are closed. “Meeting at the museum” is a project that aims to prioritize contact with personalities from various fields of culture on topics under the interference of various artistic genres.

Source: Jurnalul by jurnalul.ro.

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